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Key Lime Fest – Friday and Saturday

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On Friday, we made our way toward Key West. We stopped at Long Key State Park so that I could get a stamp and renew my yearly pass. I’m glad we renewed in the Keys because I paid a little bit more (like $20?) to not have to pay the additional Monroe County charges every time we stop at a Florida Keys park – now I can just flash my card and drive right in. We got in a few dino pictures before moving on. We had to get to Key West before the scavenger hunt started in the mid-afternoon, so not much time for stops along the way.

Beautiful view from the Hwy 1 bridges

We arrived in time and managed to score the perfect parking spot just a few feet from the start of the scavenger hunt! After getting something cold to drink at the Conch Republic Seafood Company, we got our scavenger hunt list and they set us loose on the city. We were really close to getting all of the items despite being a tiny team of two people. We actually came really close to placing for a prize! Just one team away – so close. We also were runner’s up for best team name. We were team “Mile Marker Your Mom” and got beat by team “Key Kim Kardashian West”. In the end, we were just psyched to be runners up since the awards were books and Jeff doesn’t like reading. We were hustling too fast to take many pictures (have I ever mentioned that I can be competitive?), so you will have to imagine us running frantically through the streets and in and out of shops, trying to find the answers to the clues – then big excited high-fives for our runner up team name honorable mention 🙂

One half of team Mile Marker Your Mom

We had a really nice dinner at First Flight brewing. The food was excellent, beer very good, and it felt like a really nice date-night. It was relatively quiet in the restaurant compared to what it will look like after the Sip and Stroll.

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On Saturday morning, we got up for a tasty breakfast on the patio. We were staying at the Albury Court Hotel which has a sweet little pool in the back where they serve breakfast in the mornings. This was within walking distance to just about everything we needed and also conveniently near a bus stop for the free Duval Bus Loop that circles around downtown. We walked to the lighthouse for the Key Lime Pie Drop and encountered many cute chickens along the way 🙂

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It was a breezy day and the pies were dropping everywhere but in the bull’s eye. I have a secret plan for my own contraption…I want to enter next year and see how close I can get!

Strike zone pre-Pie Drop crowd

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As usual, we left early from the drop to have lunch and then get to the Sip and Stroll. We ate at Caroline’s, the same place we had dinner last year. This year it was so hot outside, we asked to sit indoors. We were such tourist weirdos, they had to set a special table for us in the only room that was air conditioned. I felt a little silly, but everyone was still kind and food and service was excellent.

We left from here to the first stop at General Horseplay to get our t-shirts, cups, and cocktail tour list.

General Horseplay Martini

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Smokin’ Tuna Margarita

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Rick‘s Margarita and the Rick’s Martini

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Tiki House Margarita

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Bagatelle Martini

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Legal Rum Margarita – always my favorite and this year’s winner

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First Flight Margarita + Sunset Pier Margarita + Southernmost Beach Cafe Margarita + Bonus Drink by Key West Lime Juice!

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The evening ended like every Key Lime Fest Saturday – with full bellies (after ordering pizza in at the hotel) and sleepy bodies. I went home to dip in the pool and go to bed early while Jeff went out to roam Duval Street for music and a daiquiri.

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